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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of January 17

Toni Morrison, an Aquarius. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos Getty

Monday evening brings a full moon in sensitive Cancer. Full moons mark moments of culmination, of confusing feelings finally resolving into clarity, of understanding what kind of friend, neighbor, lover, you’re actually meant to be. Then, on Tuesday morning, Uranus retrograde ends, creating the conditions for the universe to surprise you, and — even better — for you to surprise yourself with your own unstoppable inventiveness. Finally, on Wednesday night, the sun enters brilliant, unconventional Aquarius. This season is your chance to reject the crushing weight of practicality. You don’t have to limit your dreams to what seems “realistic.” Instead, let your ideas grow wild and lofty. Let yourself want it all.

Weekly Horoscope Aries

Aries Weekly Horoscope

The trouble with really big ambitions is that they almost always require you to spend time working in solitude, in obscurity, in the quiet of your own mind. They require you to be brave enough to forgo external validation, at least for a while; to trust your inner compass instead of trends, your long-term vision instead of the (often false) promise of immediate results. Don’t be discouraged if your desired results aren’t coming as quickly as you’d like. Right now, take slowness as a sign that beneath the surface, important and genuine change is happening.

Weekly Horoscope Taurus

Taurus Weekly Horoscope

The universe is vast and impossibly confusing, and it’s challenging to navigate your busy daily life when the ground beneath you keeps shifting. You are, after all, only human, not objective or omniscient or removed. There’s no simple set of rules you can turn to, no unified theory of human existence to make it all make sense. You’re living through complicated times, but that doesn’t mean you have to make everything even more complicated for yourself. Choosing simple pleasures and simple kindness, choosing to just show up where you’re needed: These won’t solve the mysteries of the universe, but for now, they may be enough.

Weekly Horoscope Gemini

Gemini Weekly Horoscope

You’re keenly aware of the world’s unpredictability — of how suddenly the weather can turn, how fast a person’s life can switch direction. Sometimes, the knowledge that everything could shift at any moment gives you a heady sense of freedom. Other times, though, it leaves you feeling fragile and unstable. There’s so much that you cannot control, but that doesn’t spell that you’re entirely at the mercy of this unpredictable universe. You don’t have to sit around waiting to see what comes next. This week you, too, can create surprises. You can be a source of change, of astonishment, of joy that nobody, not even you, saw coming.

Weekly Horoscope Cancer

Cancer Weekly Horoscope

Everything around you has transformed so much, so quickly, that it’s easy to feel lost. The places you used to know best have grown unfamiliar; even your own inner landscape has changed. You used to have a strong sense of self, of your place in your community, your purpose here on earth. Now, you’re adrift. But this uncertainty will not last forever. Even now, you can feel a transformation underway. You’re finding ways to make a home, even in a strange and shifting world. This week, you’re finding your way back to yourself.

Weekly Horoscope Leo

Leo Weekly Horoscope

Sometimes you wonder if you could be happier if only you were less demanding, easier to please, more willing to settle. Wanting as much as you do, as intensely as you do, can be painful in a way that others rarely understand. They see it as a stubborn refusal to go with the flow. Really, though, it’s about refusing to accept a diminished life, refusing to pretend that what is mediocre is actually extraordinary. And this week, finally, people you love might understand. You might even inspire them to want more for themselves, too.

Weekly Horoscope Virgo

Virgo Weekly Horoscope

You have a natural talent for fending off wishful thinking. When you assess your life and the people in it, you want to see the real truth. Pretending the situation is better than it really is can only lead to disappointment or worse. And yet, one can get so bogged down in reality that your imagination begins to wither. This week, it’s important to maintain faith that the life, the relationships, the magic you want most are all attainable. You don’t have to deceive yourself that they’re here already or that they’ll be easy to find, you just have to hold onto the possibility.

Weekly Horoscope Libra

Libra Weekly Horoscope

It can be so difficult to find the right balance between caring for your friends, relationships, community, and caring for your wild and singular self. How can you tend to your own individual fire without neglecting others? How can you commit to the greater good without suppressing something vital inside you? It can sometimes feel like an intractable dilemma, but this week, the tension will ease. Loving the people around you will be rewarding, not draining. And letting yourself have the sweetness and rest that you need won’t turn you into someone selfish. It will make you strong enough to keep fighting.

Weekly Horoscope Scorpio

Scorpio Weekly Horoscope

For a long time, you thought you knew exactly what kind of person you were and what you wanted from life. It’s been unnerving, lately, finding yourself suddenly doubting or feeling like something inside you has shifted. But this doesn’t mean that you were wrong before, only that the world itself has changed. Some of the possibilities once available to you have vanished, and new ones have quietly arrived to take their place. This week, don’t cling too hard to old ideas about who you are. An authentic self doesn’t have to be an unchanging one.

Weekly Horoscope Sagittarius

Sagittarius Weekly Horoscope

There are people out there — not many, but some — who want you to underestimate and undervalue yourself. They want you to accept conditions that are unacceptable, to abide treatment that’s much worse than what you (or anyone) deserves. So this week, be intentional about refusing to make their work easier for them. Don’t rely on anyone else to tell you what your ideas, your talents, or your life itself is worth. You are a human being, and on that basis alone, be assured that you have a right to respect, safety, and love.

Weekly Horoscope Capricorn

Capricorn Weekly Horoscope

These days, it’s reasonable to assume that all surprises will be bad ones, that whenever a situation deviates from expectations, it can only become worse. In recent years, you’ve experienced this again and again. But this week, it’s important to avoid getting caught in a rigid, immobilizing pessimism. Don’t disregard the power that you and your community have to change things for the better. There’s no guarantee of justice or happiness or transformation, but that doesn’t mean there’s no possibility.

Weekly Horoscope Aquarius

Aquarius Weekly Horoscope

Most of the time, your sharp intellect is your greatest asset. It’s just that occasionally, your mind moves too quickly. You rationalize your joy before you’ve even let yourself feel it; you talk yourself out of your ambitions before you’ve given yourself the opportunity to pursue them. This week, regardless of how powerful your mind is, don’t try to think your way out of your beautiful, messy humanity. When your emotions seem silly, irrational, unhelpful, it’s still your job to feel them. Let your desires be wild and impractical but true to you.

Weekly Horoscope Pisces

Pisces Weekly Horoscope

You aren’t usually afraid of the unknown. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you welcome uncertainty, it just signifies that you know how to keep your head, even in times of change when it’s difficult to find a fixed point to navigate by. Eventually, though, the anxiety of not knowing can become too much, even for you. Then you grasp for any kind of stability at all, even if it’s imperfect. And there’s nothing wrong with that. You don’t have to be an adventurer all of the time. Sometimes you deserve a steady place to land.

Read the weekly horoscopes for the week of January 10. The weekly horoscopes for the week of January 24 will be online next Sunday.

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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of January 17